Research: Connected car owners would not buy a driverless

New research conducted by Solace indicates a lack of interest in driverless cars even from those currently enjoying connected technologies in their vehicle.

Drivers of connected cars are often seen to be early adopters, but it seems automotive manufacturers will have a hard time selling self-driving vehicles even to those at the cutting edge of technology.

More than half (57%) of the respondents in Solace’s research said they would not buy a self-driving car, even if they were reasonably priced.

Almost two-thirds (62%) believe the connected car technologies available in their current vehicles allow them to drive safer — something research backs up. Most of these cars offer assistive or semi-autonomous features rather than full self-driving capabilities.

Shawn McAllister, CTO of Solace, says:

"The automotive industry is focused on bringing self-driving cars to the mass market, but our survey showed that connected car drivers of all ages just aren't ready to hand over the wheel.

While advancements in autonomous vehicle technologies are incredibly exciting, it's important to keep an understanding of the consumer front and center. We hope our survey will help in this regard."

Solace’s findings match similar research (PDF) indicating the public’s wariness of giving up control to self-driving cars. Interestingly, older drivers appear to be more receptive to autonomous technologies than younger generations.

Almost half (46%) of millennials ages 18-25 would not trust their car to automatically react to driving conditions, whereas only a third of drivers 65 or older felt that way.

What are your thoughts on the research? Let us know in the comments.

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Essential now lets Essential Phone owners join Oreo beta through OTA

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Essential has offered a few beta releases of Android Oreo for Essential Phone owners brave enough to try them, but they’ve only been available via sideloading. Now it’s easier to try an Oreo beta.

Essential now offers an over the air installation option for its Oreo beta releases. Simply go to Essential’s developer site, select the over the air option near the bottom of the page, and fill out the short form with info like your name and device serial number. The beta will then be automatically pushed to your device.

For people that prefer sideloading, Essential does still offer that option for installing Oreo betas on the Essential Phone.

It’s nice to see Essential offer OTA installation as an option for its Oreo betas. Not everyone is comfortable with sideloading an update onto their smartphone, but now those people can try the Oreo beta on their Essential Phone without worrying about bricking it.

Essential is currently offering a beta release of Android 8.1 Oreo. If you’ve got an Essential Phone and you’d like to try the beta, hit the link below.

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Google offering 20 percent discount on Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL to ‘loyal’ Nexus owners

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Google wants to help Nexus owners get a new Pixel phone.

Google is now emailing “loyal” Nexus owners to offer them a 20 percent discount on a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. “As a thanks for being a loyal Nexus owner, here’s a 20% discount on any Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL,” the email reads.

The discount is applied at checkout and is valid through February 28. This deal is only available using the “Shop now” link provided in the email, meaning that it’s not a discount code that just anyone can use.

With this 20 percent discount, the Pixel 2 64GB will cost around $ 520 while the Pixel 2 XL 64GB will set you back around $ 680.

It’s unclear exactly how Google is determining who a “loyal” Nexus owner is, but it seems likely that Google is sending it to customers who previously bought a Nexus device from the Google store. If that’s you, keep an eye on your inbox for a nice discount on a new Pixel smartphone.

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